Most Long Island kids have two full weeks off for the holiday break, so parents will be looking for different ways to keep the little ones occupied. Why not take a little trip? A great escape doesn't have to be far away. With plenty of staycation destinations on LI, they're closer than you think. Nestled on the north shore of eastern Long Island, Port Jefferson boasts shoreline views, family fun, good eats and sweet treats.
There is nothing quite like bundling up the family in winter gear and spending some quality time in the snow. Whether it's the wind rushing past as you speed down a snowy slope or the peaceful crunching of cross-country skiing and snow shoeing, there is some kind of magic in that mixture of fresh cold air and hot chocolate. It can be a weekend getaway to the mountains or an afternoon of throwing ourselves against a nearby hill; skiing, snowboarding, sledding, and pretty much any other winter sport are some of the best re-boots around.
Local mom and “Outdoors with Kids Boston” guidebook author, Kim Foley MacKinnon, shares her best family outing tips and picks with you as part of our guest blog series with the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Kids Outdoors Bostonfree online community.
There are many ways for young speed demons to get a rush outdoors in winter, from racing down mountains on skis to sledding down the highest hills around on snow tubes. But for kids looking for both speed and height, winter coasters and zip lines at several New England resorts offer some fast, chilly thrills. Make sure to call in advance as rides often depend upon weather conditions.
While you're enjoying your Thanksgiving turkey, you might be dreaming of the next holiday on the horizon. So digest, and head out soon to find that perfect tree, because most of the farms open this very weekend! Check out our list of Christmas tree farms and don’t forget to check the Mommy Poppins Holiday Fun Guide for even more festive ideas to get you and your family into the holiday mood!
Whether your family is trying skating for the first time or your budding ice hockey or figure skating athlete is just looking for a change of scenery from indoor lessons, skating on one of the outdoor ice skating rinks in and around Boston is a family activity that can be a fun, affordable way to get outside, get active, and burn off some energy. Most rinks offer skate rentals, so no need to haul your equipment or buy skates before you go.
So, if you have an hour to spare, dig out the hats and mittens and get ready to rosy up those cheeks!
Boston lights it up with dazzling holiday tree lighting ceremonies in and around town. By late November, lights are aglow in Faneuil Hall and Christopher Columbus Park, and the festivities continue through early December with tree lighting ceremonies in neighborhoods throughout the city.
It's not all just about flipping the switch, of course. The tree lighting ceremonies are treasured annual community celebrations, with live performances, activities for kids, holiday giving, and appearances by Santa himself.
These local turkey trots, jingle bell runs, and other holiday-themed races are kid-friendly (a few also dog-friendly), festive, and even downright silly. And they’re for a good cause. So, grab the kids, sport your most festive running attire, and go for a run together.
Across Westchester County, families will be celebrating Thanksgiving this month with a rather unusual tradition--the turkey trot. No longer a fancy dance step, the turkey trot is an annual tradition in many places--and often involves an actual frozen turkey! Running a 5K can torch 300 to 500 calories, depending on individual person and their current fitness level. That’s enough for a second helping of Uncle Jim’s famous pumpkin pie, extra gravy on everything or a cup full of stuffing!
We've rounded up some of the best turkey trots around Westchester so what are you waiting for? Get out there and preemptively work off your Thanksgiving dinner while raising money for some good causes. Be sure to click through to the event listing for even more details. And look for more fall fun on our Events Calendar and our November Go List!
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